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Urban Legends Explained

Urban LegendsUrban legends are a significant part of today’s popular culture. They say that the term, “urban legend,” originated in 1968 and was coined by a professor from the University of Utah. This professor collected a series of urban legends and put them together in a book. An urban legend is a story that is not true, but is so intriguing that the story passes from one person to another, and there is a tendency to believe that the story might be true.

Examples of urban legends are the story of an alligator who got into New York City’s sewer system. There is also the story of Bloody Mary, which claims that she is sometimes seen spinning in a circle as she states her name 13 times.

The fun part of urban legends is that people want to believe in them, and by retelling the story many times over, the legend is spread and believed by many, doubted by others. Here is a list of urban legends.

Drilling to Hell:

There is a story of a group of geologists who were drilling the earth. However, as they dug they began to hear eerie sounds. They looked around them but saw no one, so they continued to dig deeper and deeper. As they did, the sounds became louder, so they recorded them. The tape revealed screaming and wailing, allegedly of people who were in hell calling for help.

Noah’s Ark:

There have been newspaper stories and documentaries that claim that Noah’s Ark was discovered or sighted on the Ararat Mountains. However, no clear evidence that the ark has been seen exists.

Dancing with the Devil:

A girl in a school dance was asked by a man to dance. As they danced, he spun her around and around, faster and faster until smoke emanated at their feet, creating a hole in the ground. The man, who was the devil, brought her to hell.

The Lost Day:

A story has been spread even to the dailies that NASA scientists found evidence that there was a day missing. This missing day was linked to a Bible story of a day when the sun stood still. The urban legend originated in 1936 and was heavily debated. But in the end, there was no definite proof that a missing day had been discovered.

Razors in Apples:

In the 1970s stories were running amuck of apples with blades inserted in them and given to children on Halloween. The story was not true, and police found no evidence of this happening during the holiday.

Daddy Longlegs:

Daddy Longlegs is a spider that children are often told is poisonous. The truth is, the spider has some venom but too little to create real harm. In fact, these are docile spiders who rarely attack children.

Christmas Urban Legends:

The candycane was shaped like a J for Jesus, the story goes. Actually, its design came from the old posts found at barber shops, which had the same color and design.

Pop Rocks:

They say that if a child eats a lot of pop rock candies with soda, they’ll explode. It’s actually a story parents use to control their children’s candy consumption.

Kolbrin Bible:

This book was supposedly written by the Egyptians and Celts. It is it supposedly speaks of the end of the world and the modern day living style that will precede this.